We're going to be in St. Petersburg for two days as part of a Baltic Cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines. We have engaged a private guide/translator through our Tour Operator with early entry and "skip the line" arrangements; will not be using any of the Cruise-sponsored excursions.
We're trying to figure out how long we should plan to spend at the following locations to get at least a decent exposure to the essence of each site:
Basic Plan as of now:
1. St. Isaacs Cathedral: we want to start the first day here to get the best bird's eye view of SPB,
2.Spilled Blood Cathedral,
3. Peter/Paul Fortress; especially interested in the Museum Space Exploration and Rocket Technology, as well as the Bell Tower,
4. Cruise with the highlights of the city (research shows most of the cruises are about one hour; we know to be sure and get one in English).
1. General Staff Building, Fourth Floor with the French Masters. We feel we need at least 3 - 4 hours,
2. Visit one of the Hermitage Buildings; right now we're looking first at the Winter Palace.
We know everyone has their own ideas of how long to spend, so we're looking forward to hearing from folks with recent, first-hand experiences. Thanks!